Vote for a vision

Devolution is not the only way to vote for a mayor.   I was asked to vote on a series of visions created by aspiring civic leaders. I was impressed. They all had clear aims to tackle a particular issues and had developed effective, low cost ways of implementing doing so. They had done all

What’s the point of your speech

I heard a truly awful speech recently   It was from a civic leader who has been around the block but seems not have learnt anything about public speaking.   The person just rambled on and on with no discernible aim on show. At the end the audience gave a limp clap and no one

Post holiday crunch

It’s September. You’re back from holiday and all you want to do is flop.   Taking a holiday is great. It relaxes you, it refreshes you and it has a massive effect on your general wellbeing. But how do you get back up to speed after all that time off?   Having just spent three

Media Mayor

The One Mayor   The high point of the month was seeing the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim on The One Show. Mind you I would rather they weren’t wearing robes but no doubt the producers thought they would look more “mayoral” in their robes.   What I thought was interesting

Takeshi Araki: Mayor of the Month

August is Mayors for Peace month. At the start of the month we marked the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sadly, some politicians failed to notice this as they were too busy posturing about their nuclear prowess.   I can only hope they see some sense and learn some lessons from

Are you born a great public speaker?

This is a fantastic question and it comes up quite often. It gets to the heart of the matter, are people good at something because of natural talent or hard work.   What a debate! Find out my take on it in this video.

Bright Mayor vs Night Mayor

“You’re the Mayor guy, right?”   I hear this every now and again and it makes me smile. It means people have remembered what I do, which is nice. But it also means that I’m about to get a story about a civic leader they’ve met. And they’re not usually complimentary.   Which is a

2020 Peace

Following on from my recent article about Mayors for Peace, which you can read here, this is a more detailed look at the 2020 vision project that aims to abolish nuclear weapons.   It may seem like a controversial proposal given recent events but find out why it makes a lot of sense.   For